Setting boundaries

On deck for the School Board tonight are temporary boundaries for elementary schools while the whole Lum closure thing gets sorted out.  Oh, on that note, I meant to write about Ruby Bridges’s new principal who is the old Lum principal but totally spaced.  He was approved at the June 13th meeting and has already been busy getting to know the Ruby Bridges community.  Folks can follow him here on twitter.  That should be the most “official” Ruby Bridges Elementary twitter account out there.

Anyway.

I don’t really have a huge dog in this fight anymore since I don’t have a kid at Ruby Bridges any longer, but I will say it’s weird that the temporary boundaries have zoned for Maya Lin as a home school considering that Maya Lin is a magnet and therefore not supposed to technically have geographical boundaries, but whatevs.

This only applies for new incoming students but still I can see that there might be some issues with some East End shifts of a patch that was in the Edison zone but is now in Otis.

Also on the agenda is the topic of AUSD employee housing.  I had heard about the survey that was going around to AUSD teachers and staff.  This is a topic that should be very non-controversial.  After all, we value our teachers and school support staff, we know they don’t make a lot of money, and we know housing is very expensive.  However, there have been many cases of other Bay Area cities putting the kibosh on housing for teachers so I’m not convinced that this will be without controversy in Alameda.   This agenda item will be the first step by the district to see if this goal is actually feasible.

Here’s a few factoids from the survey results:

  • 45% of respondents do not live in the City of Alameda, with nearly 80% citing cost as the primary reason.
  • Nearly 20% indicated they are considering leaving AUSD within the next five years and relocating because of a dissatisfaction with the cost, availability, and/or proximity of housing.
  • Of renters, nearly 50% spend more than 30% of their household income on rent.

The company that is being recommended is a subsidiary of Alameda Point Partners (APP) .   Probably because they have experience in Alameda and their proposal isn’t suggesting to demolish the Bachelor’s Officers Quarters as one of the options.  As with anything dealing with Alameda Point, I’ll get excited about it when it’s more than just a nebulous concept.